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The Garonga Diaries : A Strong Independent Safari Squad!

Dear Diary (and of course readers around the world), This week started in a haze of chocolate (for those of us who had thought to stockpile this essential, with mere dreams of chocolate for the not-so-prepared) and sunshine over this side of the world.

Safari Camp Stories: House of Cats – a South African Political Thriller

by Sophie Barrett, guide at Garonga The life of a guide is riddled with drama. It’s like a soap opera that changes the channel and airing time on a daily basis, you have to work to keep up and you never know when you will see the next installment or which characters will be in… Read More »

Safari Camp Stories: Close Encounters

by Jaff Malapane, guide at Garonga Some of the best safari camp stories start in a mysterious location with a mysterious cast. On this day I was actually lost and it doesn’t get more mysterious than that! I was coming from a part of the reserve called Harmony 90 (a remnant from when most of… Read More »

Safari Camp Stories: History in the Making

by Sophie Barrett, guide at Garonga A game reserve is a place where unique moments happen on a daily basis. At any time seeing a particular creature, behaviour or interaction might be a first for either guest or guide. A game reserve is a place of wonder, a place where the definition of impossible is… Read More »

A Responsible Safari in South Africa: Garonga’s Schools Initiative

by Bernie Smith, owner of Garonga Due to Little Garonga having no guests over a short period of time in June, I tasked one of my waiters, Aldrin, with sourcing a school local to his home in Bushbuck Ridge to come for a day visit to Garonga. Aldrin succeeded in his task!